Meek Mill Will Be Released From Prison
According to multiple reports, on Tuesday, Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court ordered a lower court in Philadelphia to immediately grant bail to Meek Mill (real name Robert Rihmeek Williams), who is being held on a parole violation. It reads in part,
The Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County is DIRECTED to immediately issue an order releasing Petitioner on unsecured bail.
According to the order, Bail conditions for the 31-year-old rapper
are to be similar or identical to those that governed Petitioner’s probation prior to Aug. 1, 2017.
The state and Meek Mill’s defense are also ordered to resolve a post-conviction relief act petition within 60 days and expedite court filings to accomplish that. Meek’s lawyer Joe Tacopina released the following statement:
We are thrilled that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has directed Judge Brinkley to immediately issue an order releasing Meek on bail. As we have said all along, Meek was unjustly convicted and should not have spent a single day in jail. We are also pleased that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has noted that Judge Brinkley may opt to remove herself from presiding over any further proceedings in Meek’s case in the interests of justice. Meek is excited to be reunited with his family, and we, along with Meek, intend to continue to shine the light on a justice system in need of reform to prevent any other citizen from being put through what Meek has endured.
Meek released a message on social media, in response to his release.
I’d like to thank God, my family, my friends, my attorneys, my team at Roc Nation including Jay Z, Desiree Perez, my good friend Michael Rubin, my fans, The Pennsylvania Supreme Court and all my public advocates for their love, support and encouragement during this difficult time. While the past five months have been a nightmare, the prayers, visits, calls, letters and rallies have helped me stay positive. To the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office, I’m grateful for your commitment to justice – not only for my case, but for others that have been wrongfully jailed due to police misconduct. Although I’m blessed to have the resources to fight this unjust situation, I understand that many people of color across the country don’t have that luxury and I plan to use my platform to shine a light on those issues. In the meantime, I plan to work closely with my legal team to overturn this unwarranted conviction and look forward to reuniting with my family and resuming my music career.
Kevin Hart, who has visited Meek, also shared his excitement on social media.
The order also cites comments last week from Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner, following a status hearing on Meek’s case. The Supreme Court order read,
The Commonwealth has recently stated, on the record in open court, that there are credibility issues with a police officer who was a ‘critical witness’ at Petitioner’s trial. As such, the Commonwealth agreed that Petitioner is entitled to PCRA relief. Moreover, as reflected in filings in this Court, the Commonwealth has stated it is not opposed to Petitioner being granted immediate bail.